Rob Tyner, 46, lead singer for the ’60s hard-rock group the MC5 (Motor City Five), died of a heart attack on Sept. 17 in Detroit. Formed in 1967, the MC5 came roaring out of a Detroit suburb, spewing guitar distortion, profanity and calls for anarchy. Predating punk rock by nearly 10 years, MC5’s debut album, Kick Out the Jams (1969), sparked a controversy and store boycott when band members, typically defiant, initially refused to edit an obscenity out of the title song. Two more albums followed before the MC5 disintegrated in 1972. Tyner, whose real name was Robert Derminer, had in recent years been working with local bands….
Actor John Hoyt, 86, who played crusty Grandpa Kanisky on TV’s Gimme a Break from 1982 to 1987, died of cancer on Sept. 15 in Santa Cruz, Calif. Hoyt’s 50-year acting career encompassed theater, music, stand-up comedy and film, as well as—Trekkies, take note—playing the chief medical officer in the original pilot for Star Trek in 1966….
Restaurant manager Louie Nassaney, 36, who was featured in a PEOPLE cover story (Nov. 18, 1985) about an AIDS sufferer and his family, died of the disease on Sept. 11 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Given only six months to a year to live when diagnosed in 1983, Nassaney embarked on a regimen of diet, exercise, vitamins, holistic medicine and positive thinking. Alice Nassaney, his mother, says, “He was still fighting until the end.”
Producer Gale Anne (Terminator 2) Hurd, 35, and her new husband, director Brian (Bonfire of the Vanities) DePalma, 51, had their first child, daughter Lolita, on Sept. 19 in Palo Alto, Calif. Professionally, the couple’s next collaborative project is a psychological thriller titled, appropriately enough, Father’s Day….
Movie stars Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid are expecting a baby, their first, at the end of March. The two wed last Valentine’s Day.
Dangerous human trick: David Letterman, 44, suffered minor lacerations to the head in an auto collision on Sept. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla. A car driven by the Late Night host collided with a pickup truck at an intersection where minutes before another crash had knocked out traffic lights. Letter-man, who drove himself to a nearby hospital, was treated and released the same night….
Macdonald Carey, 78, who for 26 years has played patriarch Dr. Tom Horton on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, was doing fine after a Sept. 18 operation in a Los Angeles hospital to remove a tumor from his left lung. He is expected to be away from the soap, on which he utters the famous opening line, “Like sand through the hourglass …,” for two to six weeks.
Singer Peabo Bryson, 40, will soon be crooning love songs full-time to Juanita Leonard, 34 and the ex-wife of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. The couple, who met 12 years ago, plan to wed early next year. “She’s someone I’ve been enamored with for a long time,” says Bryson.